Rain in Los Angeles and odd easterly winds fouled up operations at LAX yesterday and created a mutinous situation on my United flight.
Yesterday was a first for me: despite several hundred flights into LAX over the years, for the first time ever I landed on runway 6L. We flew in over Marina Del Rey and I only wish I had been seated at a window so I could have recorded it.
The captain was also shocked and made an announcement something like this:
Folks, we landed quite differently than we usually do here and operations are all backed up. They don’t quite know what to do with us yet. Stay seated and I’ll keep you updated.
The flight was already late and due to turbulence on the flight down the seat belt light was on for most of the journey.
So we waited. And waited. And waited.
About 20 minutes passed and suddenly people just started getting up. I think the FAs were shocked and they hurriedly announced–
Ladies and gentleman. Please return to your seats immediately. We are on an active taxiway!
But no one paid attention!
Soon my seatmate demanded to get up and walked back to the lavatory. By that time there was a line. Overhead bins were opened, carry-on bags removed, and the FAs seemed to have lost control.
40 minutes passed and we still had not moved. The captain checked in from time to time.
Finally, we received clearance to move toward the gate but there were still at least six passengers standing up.
We have been given clearance to taxi to our gate but cannot move unless all of you are seated with safety belts fastened.
But many still ignored the instructions.
The captain came on, stating–
Ladies and gentleman, if you don’t sit down we’ll lose our slot and may have to sit here for much longer.
Antsy passengers began yelling at standing passengers to sit down. One passenger continued to wait for a lavatory to open but was eventually shouted back to her seat.
The last passenger emerged from the lavatory with all eyes on her. Many yelled at her to sit down. She started running back to her seat.
We began moving and reached the gate shortly thereafter, arriving 1hr 15min late. That’s an annoying delay, but I would have hated to see what a longer delay may have looked like with this crowd…